So What Are you Reading?: Generations

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by captcalhoun, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Thrawn

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    I have fond memories of Rogue Saucer, but then, I was 10 at the time, so who knows what I'd think now.
     
  2. Trimm

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    I recently rebought Rogue Saucer, and I found it to be surprisingly good on reread.
     
  3. Cap'n Crunch

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    I finished The Walking Dead, Volume 5: The Best Defense.

    I'm now reading The Martian by Andy Weir.
     
  4. indianatrekker26

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    I only started VOY: Unworthy about a day or so ago, i'm already almost done with it. This book has been impossible to put down. Up next in the Post-Nemesis read-through will be VOY: Children of the Storm and then TTN: Synthesis. The Voyager Beyer books have just been amazing so far. I just miss Janeway so much due to Peter David "killing" her off in TNG: Before Dishonor.
     
  5. Joel_Kirk

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    Just finished reading "Fallen Heroes" (I always want to say "Fallen Angels" for some reason) and I was impressed. Trek tie-in novels are usually hit-or-miss for me (primarily 'miss') but this one was pretty good.

    The novel involved everyone including little Molly O'Brien. And, it managed to get all the voices correct.

    Some nitpicks, which I've found in other novels that are non-Trek: Sometimes it was difficult to get a bearing on the environment; an idea of where the action was taking place. Some authors pull it off where you can visualize this action. However, at times I was lost, especially towards the end with Odo's 'sacrifice.'

    Overall, an interesting book that kept the mystery of 'why things are going to hell' intact until the last one or two chapters.
     
  6. Greg Cox

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    That was easily the best of the early DS9 novels, up to and including mine.
     
  7. BritishSeaPower

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    Finished The Body Electric today. Really good. I was a little disappointed with a certain trend over all three books, but it didn't hamper my interest in the rest of the novel. Now I'm on to The Stuff of Dreams.
     
  8. Gul Re'jal

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    I'm half-way through "Brinkmanship". Felt like reading it again after "The Missing" :)
     
  9. Reanok

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    I just finished reading Tos Ex Machina . I really like the movie era novels and the in depth look at the Enterprise characters were well portrayed in this book. Kirk ahaving to deal with past decisions about Natira and the Fabrini also McCoy and Spock's storylines I really liked a lot. I hope to start reading Ds9 The missing by Una McCormack soon.
     
  10. JD5000

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    I'm fully enjoying Una McCormack's 'The Missing'. The one comment that I have so far is that when any of the names of The People come up, I can't help but think of mayonnaise.
     
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  12. BritishSeaPower

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    Finished The Stuff of Dreams by James Swallow today. The first chapter felt very odd, rushed and kind of sparse, but the remaining chapters were really strong. It's a nice little story that does what it sets out to do. I don't think there's enough story to have carried it further, but it was nice for the novella range. I do recall a bit of hubbub about this story originally coming before the Cold Equations trilogy and I have to say it probably would have fit there better. Or perhaps in the short gap between Books II and III. Still, quite enjoyable and probably the strongest of the novellas that I've read. I enjoyed the nautical terminology peppered throughout. Painted a nice picture.

    I also read March, Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Really great read and I'm very much anticipating Book Two's release next week. It's a nice take - and super relevant - on the subject of the American Civil Rights movement through the lens of John Lewis' life. It seems geared to early high school students, but I found the presentation to be open enough and serious enough to have broad appeal to all audiences. I really enjoyed the art. I was a bit surprised that they hadn't gone with a black artist, but Nate Powell's art is super appropriate. Recommended.

    I just attempted to start The Fall: Revelation and Dust but there's too much noise in the house right now and David R. George III writing DS9 demands my full attention!
     
  13. Gul Re'jal

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    I'm half way through "Slings and Arrows" Book 1. I own only 1 & 2, read them ages ago, and thanks to my rubbish memory I enjoy re-reading them almost like it's the first time ;) At first I planned to buy the other parts too to finally complete the series, but after seeing that each is £4.65, my enthusiasm dropped significantly. 80-page books for a price of a full book? A 40-page story for a price of a full book? :cardie:

    I'm also trying to get to book 2 of "The Empire of Tears" by Jose Freches, but after slightly disappointing book 1, I don't feel like sitting down to it.
     
  14. BritishSeaPower

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    The prices of the Slings and Arrows eBook series are ridiculous. There was a brief time after the ebook settlement where the prices on those went down a bit and then they shot back up.
     
  15. Reanok

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    I'm halfway through reading Ds9 The Missing by Una McCormack I'm really enjoying this book. The story seems like a tv episode.There's Lots of nice character development in this book.
     
  16. dstyer

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    I'm currently paging through "Life II" by Scott Spotson. I'ts very similar to an older book I love, "Replay" by Ken Grimwood. It details a person's attempt to re-live their life after running across a time-travel device. I am fascinated in how the author is showing that the main character's choices can have unexpected impacts on his life.
     
  17. Greg Cox

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    Replay was a great book. As I recall, it won the World Fantasy Award that year.
     
  18. BritishSeaPower

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    Had Jury Duty today and so polished off about 180 pages of Revelation and Dust. (They called 500 people for jury duty, only called 100 for trial and used only 60. Suffice to say, I'm glad I brought the book!) I'm enjoying the DS9 portions but I've found the Kira portions pretty taxing so far. I was really disappointed in the 20 page retread of the Prophet scenes from "Emissary," it felt incredibly unnecessary. Still, even if I'm not digging those portions they are pretty well written. Can't wait to finish.
     
  19. BritishSeaPower

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    Hate to double post, but so be it! I finished Revelation and Dust today and was pretty disappointed. The book isn't bad. Indeed, it's well written and DRGIII remains the most literary-minded of Trek Lit authors. But it just didn't connect with me on any level and aside from showcasing the new station, didn't give me enough of the DS9 uniqueness. The Keev storyline was too long and I was never given a reason to care or root for the characters there. I do wish TrekLit would avoid the temptation to give characters touched by the Prophets their own Benny Russell. I feel that section, instead of giving us insight into Kira via a proxy, pushed Kira to the side. The DS9 parts were good but not great. Too many characters in too little space. We get small scenes and that's it, Ezri/Julian could have been bigger. Nog and O'Brien seemed off. The biggest issues remain the constant time jumps for the DS9-R since "Soul Key" and the "missing" years of the Ascendant Incident. There's too much to fill in and at the same time there's a hesitancy to establish anything about the Ascendant arc. It's time to move on and either spill the beans on it all or put a book out that fills it. You can only read "The Ascendant incident" so many times. And man this book couldn't have more artlessly done political allegory.

    Lest it seem I'm totally down on the book, I loved the scene between Wadeen and Gell Kamemor. And the scene with Quark and Ro late in the book was phenomenal, Quark's tearful statement of remorse set shivers down my spine in how emotionally and character true it was. It could have been so much better, but a weak DRGIII DS9 entry is still solid.

    Finally, I started The Crimson Shadow today and am absolutely loving it. In just a single chapter, Una McCormack already has me caring for her policewomen and the Cardassian equivalent of a Southerner in the big city. And the real world reflections seem truer. Plus, Garak. Everything is improved by Garak.
     
  20. JD

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    I finished TNG: Cold Equations book 2: Silent Weapons this weekend. I haven't taken the time to right any kind of a review on Goodreads, but I did give it 5 stars.
    I did really like all of the Android stuff, and the whole thing with the Gorn and the Breen was good. I'm a big Data fan, so I loved seeing him here again. My only real disappointment was the big death in the book. I really liked that character, and was really sad to see her go, especially "off screen" like that.
    It was pretty cool spending so much time on Orion with the Orions. I haven't really read a lot of stuff with them in it, so I liked getting to read about them and their home world.